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Divisions
The American Computer Science League consists of five divisions
to appeal to the varying computing abilities and interests of students.
All students at a school can take the tests but only one test. A
team score is the sum of the best 3 or 5 best scores each test.
Those scores can come from different students each contest. Prizes
are awarded to top scoring students and teams based on cumulative
scores after the 4th test.
 The Senior Division is geared to those high
school students with programming experience, especially those
taking a Computer Science AP course. We suggest that schools do
not register for the Senior Division during their first year of
ACSL participation. Each contest consists of a 30minute, 5question
short answer test and a take home programming problem to solved
in 72hours. Team scores can be based on the sum of the top 3
or top 5 scores each contest.
 The Intermediate Division is geared to senior
high school students with little or no computer programming experience,
and to advanced junior high students. Each contest consists of
a 30minute, 5question short answer test and a take home programming
problem to solved in 72hours. Team scores can be based on the
sum of the top 3 or top 5 scores each contest.
 The Junior Division is geared to junior high
and middle school students with no previous experience programming
computers. No student beyond grade 9 may compete in the Junior
Division. Each contest consists of a 30minute 5question short
answer test and a take home program to solved in 72hours. Team
scores are based on the sum of the best 5 scores each test.
 The Classroom Division is open to students
from all grades. It consists of a selection of the nonprogramming
problems from the other three divisions. As its name implies,
this division is particularly wellsuited for use in the classroom.
Each contest consists of a 50minute, 10question short answer
test. Team scores are based on the sum of the best 5 scores each
test.
 The Elementary Division is open to students
from grades 3 6. It consists of nonprogramming problems. Four
categories, one each contest, will be tested. The contest consists
of a 30minute, 5question test each month.
More information on content is available here.
Further teams are supplied with sample questions and past contests.
Team scores are based on the sum of the best 5 scores each test.
A listing of the short answer question topics is available on the
ACSL wiki
page.
We encourage schools to join more than one division so that novice
students are not intimidated by the material, nor are advanced students
bored. All divisions cover similar material, but in varying levels
of detail and difficulty. Team scores and individual scores cannot
be transferred between divisions.
